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Boys basketball team ends their season at Divisional Tournament

Submitted by on February 28, 2019 – 2:11 pm

The Divisional Boy Basketball Tournament took place in Hamilton, Montana February 21-23. The Pirates went into the tournament as the second seed, due to their second place win during the previous weekend’s District Tournament. The first game for the Pirates was against the Dillon Beavers. The Beavers had a season record of 16 wins to 9 losses. Junior guard Ryker Wenderoth scored a game high for the Pirates of 12 points, contributing to the Pirate total of 34. According to Wenderoth, “the team could have had a stronger defense when contesting [Dillon’s] shots,” as Dillon scored more

Senior post Micah Askan protecting the ball against a defensive Bulldog player. The was the last high school basketball game for Askan, as he graduates in the spring of 2019. Askan ended his senior basketball season with a total of 128 points and 26 offensive rebounds.

than double the Pirates’ score.  The Pirates took a hard defeat against the Beavers with a final score of 81-34.

They met the Whitefish Bulldogs once again the next day, February 22. The Pirates played the Bulldogs during the District Tournament in Whitefish the previous weekend and had beaten them 57-40. The Pirates were ahead of the Bulldogs at halftime with a score of 37-25, scoring 25 of those points in the second quarter. The Bulldogs came back strong after the halftime break and scored 30 points to take the lead against the Pirates with the score of 55-52 with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Freshman guard Colton Graham got a put back right at the buzzer and sent the game into overtime. The Pirates came out and scored 8 points during overtime while the Whitefish Bulldogs scored 12 points, sealing their win and sending the Pirates home after fighting hard all season. Senior post Micah Askan scored 16 points against Whitefish, being the highest scoring player during that game for the Pirates.

This was the last game for seniors Parker Toth, Keyan Dalbey, Micah Askan

, and Robin Erikson, ending the season not how they had envisioned it. The Polson Pirates finished the season with 9 wins and 15 losses. “I am looking forward to next year’s season,” said junior Ryker Wenderoth, “because it will be my senior year and I plan on working even harder than I did this season.”